Mentor: Bomb squad called for suspicious bag

9:31 PM, Dec 24, 2011   |    comments
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MENTOR -- A suspicious backpack was left at the Barnes & Noble in Mentor, creating a bomb scare for Christmas shoppers.

Police responded to the store at 7900 Mentor Avenue around 8:05 a.m. after some reported to an officer that a suspicious had been left in the entrance of the business.

When the officer checked it out, they made the call to the Lake County Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. They responded along with the Mentor Fire Department

Employees at Barnes & Noble along with workers at an adjacent Max & Erma's restuarant were evacuated from the area.

Police learned from Great Lakes mall security that a man had been seen the night before with the suitecase. Officers later located the man who was still in the area.

The man acknowledged that he was the owner of the suitcase but wouldn't say what was inside.

Members from the bomb squad checked out the case using a robot and found nothing explosinve or hazardous was inside.

The man, from Mason, Ohio, was taken into custody by officers for  inducing panic. He will appear in Mentor Municipal Court on Tuesday (Dec. 27) at 8:00 a.m.

Barnes & Noble and Max & Erma's were able to about about 3 hours after the incident.

WKYC-TV

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